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Psychological Aspects of Genetic Testing

Vol. 16, No. 1, January 1997
Item #: 2251601
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About the special issue

Despite potential medical benefits, there are serious concerns about the psychosocial sequelae of an individual learning that he or she carries an elevated risk for disease. However, this apprehension about genetic testing has rested almost entirely on anecdotal reports and speculation. In the past few years, there has been a surge of interest in subjecting these claims to controlled investigations.

This special issue of is devoted to research that seeks to provide an empirical foundation for the understanding of the psychosocial aspects of genetic testing for disease predisposition.

Articles in this issue

Psychological Aspects of Genetic Testing: Introduction to the Special Issue
Pages 3–7
Lerman, Caryn

Stress and Genetic Testing for Disease Risk
Pages 8–19
Baum, Andrew; Friedman, Andrea L.; Zakowski, Sandra G.

Three-Year Follow-Up After Presymptomatic Testing for Huntington's Disease in Tested Individuals and Partners
Pages 20–35
Tibben, Aad; Timman, Reinier; Bannink, Erna C.; Duivenvoorden, Hugo J.

Predictors of Psychological Adjustment to Genetic Testing for Huntington's Disease
Pages 36–50
Codori, Ann-Marie; Slavney, Phillip R.; Young, Candace; Miglioretti, Diana L.; Brandt, Jason

Long-Term Cognitive and Emotional Impact of Genetic Testing for Carriers of Cystic Fibrosis: The Effects of Test Result and Gender
Pages 51–62
Marteau, Theresa M.; Dundas, Ruth; Axworthy, David

Psychological Responses to BRCA1 Mutation Testing: Preliminary Findings
Pages 63–72
Croyle, Robert T.; Smith, Ken R.; Botkin, Jeffrey R.; Baty, Bonnie; Nash, Jean

Correlates of Psychologic Distress in Colorectal Cancer Patients Undergoing Genetic Testing for Hereditary Colon Cancer
Pages 73–86
Vernon, Sally W.; Gritz, Ellen R.; Peterson, Susan K.; Amos, Christopher I.; Perz, Catherine A.; Baile, Walter F.; Lynch, Patrick M.

Incorporating Biomarkers of Exposure and Genetic Susceptibility Into Smoking Cessation Treatment: Effects on Smoking-Related Cognitions, Emotions, and Behavior Change
Pages 87–99
Lerman, Caryn; Gold, Karen; Audrain, Janet; Lin, Ting Hsiang; Boyd, Neal R.; Orleans, C. Tracy; Wilfond, Ben; Louben, Greg; Caporaso, Neil

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